Academy Bus Timetables & Travel Information

The up to date details of all of the school buses that come to Hodgson (operated through Lancashire County Council) can be found via the following link below.

A copy of that page updated and accurate as of 1st June 2017 is provided in the next link.

School bus timetables

Click on School Bus Services and then scroll down to find Hodgson (School Number 4010 – this number can be found in the top right hand corner of each page underneath the heading)

There are laybys, built to adjoin one of the academy’s fields, to provide off-road bus and coach parking for the pick-up and drop-off of students. Students then enter the school along two paths on the academy grounds rather than walking along Moorland Road, which can be congested at peak times.

Lancashire County Council has established a Safer Travel Unit, with facilities to promote various aspects of safer travel to and from schools. Information about this unit is distributed at the academy to students. Hodgson is fully supportive of this initiative.

Hodgson Academy, together with the Safer Travel Unit, is currently operating the following initiatives to help ensure safe travel:

  • A telephone hot line, which is listed within the Student Planner and Progress Record, for parents to discuss transport issues directly with the Safer Travel Unit
  •  Unit representatives talk to Year 7 students about how to travel safely on transport to and from the academy.
  • The academy and Safer Travel Unit train and appoint bus prefects who help students travel safely and sensibly on buses. The unit is working with bus companies and the training of drivers in how to deal with young people.
  • Some buses have CCTV cameras.
  • The academy and Safer Travel Unit both contact the parents of students who do not demonstrate acceptable behaviour on the buses.
  • The Safer Travel Unit has the authority to claim financial payment from parents where their sons or daughters have been found to have caused damage on transport property.

Travel Expenses

Some students are entitled to Travelling Expenses, which are awarded by Lancashire County Council subject to certain conditions. To view these to find out if your child is entitled, log on to www.lancashire.gov.uk or contact the Lancashire School Traveline on 0300 123 6738.

Train Timetables

Students living in Blackpool have the option of commuting on trains from Blackpool North, South or Layton into Poulton-le-Fylde Railway Station. Up-to-date times and fares can be found by viewing National Rail Enquiries at: http://nationalrail.co.uk/

Use of Motor Cycles and Bicycles

Students may cycle to the academy. Moorland Road and the adjoining major roads are busy and, therefore, potentially dangerous. It is strongly recommended, therefore, that all students who cycle wear the appropriate safety equipment, which should include a helmet.

Parents are asked to ensure that their child is a competent cyclist. Please also check the road worthiness of the bicycle before allowing your son or daughter to cycle to the academy.

There is a bike storage area on the academy premises. Responsibility for the safety of the bicycles or accessories cannot be accepted by the academy.It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their cycle is ‘locked’.

When students enter the school premises they should immediately dismount and walk their cycle to the designated location. They should park their cycle in the designated location.

Failure to abide by the above instructions will leave the school no alternative but to refuse to allow the student to bring the motor cycle or bicycle onto school premises.

On the understanding that all age and statutory requirements are met, students in Year 11 are permitted to come to School on a motor cycle. Whilst on school property students must abide by all rules relating to speed limits and drive carefully and responsibly. They must park the motor cycle in the agreed ‘designated’ location.

The school accepts no responsibility for motor cycles and bicycles which are damaged or stolen. All motor cycles and bicycles are left at the owners own risk.

We would also ask students and parents to note that cycling is not allowed by law on the alleyway that leads from the academy grounds to Station Road.

Car

Hodgson is situated on a dangerous bend and double yellow ‘no waiting’ lines run the full length of the front of the academy.

We ask all motorists, therefore, to please not set down or pick up children near to the academy gates. This area is monitored by Parking Attendants who will issue appropriate penalty notices where it is necessary to do so.

The school gates are closed between 8.15 and 8.45 am and from 2.45 – 3.15 pm to prevent access to the front of school and help to ensure the safety of all students and other pedestrians at these busy times.

We would also ask that motorists show appropriate consideration towards local residents when parking/waiting in their vehicle.

Parents/carers are also requested not to drive onto the academy premises to drop off or pick up students, unless permission has been granted when exceptional circumstances arise. The crescent is used as a pedestrian area at the start and end of the academy day and unnecessary traffic naturally increases the risk of accidents occurring.

We recognise that there is insufficient parking/waiting space and that this can be frustrating at times. However, our primary concern is that all users of Moorland Road are aware of its dangers and act safely and sensibly to minimise any risks.